Final Review: Campione!

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Campione! is based off an ongoing light novel series that began in 2008. A Campione is defined as a god slayer and one that is meant to stop heretical gods that attempt to disrupt the Earth’s balance. Godou Kusanagi is one of the seven Campione’s in the world that acquired the 10 forms of Verethragna. Furthermore, Godou acquired a golden sword that allows him to cut through a god’s divinity, thereby allowing him to stand on equal footing against these gods. In the process, this makes him a love magnet that constantly attracts many girls and thereby forming a harem. Yes, this series is about a god slayer forming a harem. Campione! aired during the Summer 2012 anime season, was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll, and licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Campione! is one of those titles where it has an interesting light novel but a horribly adapted anime series. By the time the series is over, it had rushed through 4-5 novels worth of material as well as thrown in a number of anime original material. Yes, in essence it’s another adaptation failure and a big one at that. The staff is certainly a promising one but the story for this show was absolutely all over the place and you could tell. The arcs did not flow well and there were tons of rushed fights with a significant amount of randomness and deus ex machina elements thrown in. In fact, the first episode could have been easily expanded into 2-3 episodes worth of material to really draw out the significance of a Godou’s power. In the end, they chose to make this an arbitrary shounen show. Not even the epic narrator, Fumihiko Tachiki, could save this show from imploding. Conclusion wise, the show fails to properly adapt the arc from the source material and given its significance in the arc immediately following it in the light novel, the possibility of a sequel without a reboot seems unlikely.

Art is really cheap for this show with lackluster details and backgrounds along with disfigured faces and rough character designs. In contrast to what many preview images for this show, the art is sorely disappointing. Animation is also not up to snuff with Diomedea’s previous works. To think that this show would look worse than their 2008 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu seemed unthinkable, especially when you consider the amount of action in this show. Cheap movements and recycling is always a pet peeve of mine and this show really shows no mercy using it.

OP is okay by Megu Sakuragawa but not entirely memorable. ED is Yui Ogura’s solo debut and is like a cross between Nana Mizuki and Yukari Tamura songs. Not bad for a start but long term probably not noteworthy. Background music is okay as are sound effects. Seiyuu wise, the show has a strong lineup and who can not like Fumihiko Tachiki as a narrator?

Enjoyment? I had a really bad feeling about this show when they crammed a lot of material together in the first episode and unfortunately my premonition turned out to be correct. The enjoyment value really hit rock bottom for this show fast. Presentation is a mess and shows like High School DxD, Sekirei, and Freezing have done all the elements in this show better. Can’t necessarily say the same for their respective source material though.

Overall, Campione is a show that is probably a good one to stay away from. It has an okay concept but the execution is incredibly poor and the anime adaptation would only negatively impact one’s opinion (further) if watched. Read the light novels instead if you’re interested and can get your hands on them. Like Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!, this series will likely need a reboot if it has any hopes of continuing.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0.5/1): Okay concept. Rushed material.
  • Character Personalities (0.5/1): Some cool characters from time to time. Athena and Metis are awesome.
  • Character Development (1/2): If you know some mythology, it’s at least somewhat accurate here. If you care only about the actual characters, probably none then.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1/2): If Godou kisses you, chances are you’re important to the show, less Athena.
  • Pacing: (0/1): Rushed like no other and wanders aimlessly.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (0/2): No explanation of the events.
  • Conclusion (0.5/1): Ending screws up any possibility for continuation. Plot of Ama no Murakomo comes into play immediately in the next arc but fails to follow source.
  • Total: 3.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (0.5/2): Cheap and ugly. Lacking in detail
  • Character Designs (0.5/2): Disfigured faces and rough designs clearly signify top quality work.
  • Fluidity (1/2): Basic and simple animation for a show that is action heavy.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): Quite flashy. Not visually appealing though due to all the dark colors.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (0/2): Worse than Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, which was Diomedea’s first work.
  • Total: 3/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (2/3): Ok OP theme and ED theme.
  • Background Music (1/2): Average music
  • Sound Effects (1/2):  Average sound effects
  • Seiyuu (3/3): Strong lineup. Narrator Fumihiko Tachiki deserves a bonus as does another evil Yui Ogura. Kaori Ishihara as Metis? An even bigger plus
  • Total: 7/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (0.5/2): Disappeared in the blink of an eye.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): Lost its appeal when it focused more on the ecchi than the action or plot. Having read part of the novels, fanservice is clearly not what it’s about.
  • Presentation (0/2): Poor all around. Lacking proper transitions.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): Zero. Waste of time
  • Recommendation (0/2): High School DxD, Freezing, and Sekirei all do this better.
  • Value (0/1): No value. Could have been underrated had it done better.
  • Total: 0.5/10

Preliminary Score: 6/10

Final Score: 4/10

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